Originally from Dieppe, Sandrine tackles relationship issues through music

For four years, Sandrine, originally from Dieppe (Seine-Maritime), has been healing people through music. (©Sandrine Poussier-Merey)

“I’m sure that music helped us a lot. It is part of our integral life”, emphasized Sandrine Poussier-Merey, who hails from Dieppe (Seine Maritime).

It’s been a year since Seinomarine started its own discipline that is still unknown to the general public: music therapy. He practiced this activity for four years now.

But what is music therapy?

It is a discipline of help and support, which has a rehabilitation role for people with relational and emotional disorders. We use a variety of techniques that can also help those with behavioral problems, dyslexia, or even verbal and non-verbal communication problems.

Sandrine Poussier Merey

Initially, the mother worked as a nanny and then as a medical-psychological assistant. He worked for 15 years at an orphanage in Autigny, near Fontaine-le-Dun.

Desire to develop

In his activity which consists of accompanying people in all their daily actions, he sometimes uses music, by musical instruments or through singing “to reduce anxiety, behavioral disturbances. For me, finding solutions through music is better than asking colleagues for help.”

Plus, for him, “music is something where I can express myself, escape, refocus, recharge my batteries. And when I listen to it, it gives me well-being. The heaviness of the music sometimes brings back memories to me.”

Out of curiosity, Sandrine Poussier-Merey wanted to evolve so as not to get hung up on her achievements. Moreover, his activities as a medic-psychological assistant have burdened him all this time. He then decided to do research on the paramedical discipline to be carried out with the help of music.

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It was there that he discovered music therapy. After getting information from various structures, he took a training step:

“I had been thinking about it for a few years but I couldn’t afford to go,” he admits. For me, music therapy is a continuation of what I do. When I saw how it was, with all the psychological edge behind it, it was so on point that it spoke to me right away, I found myself in what I could read,” he said.

At a training institute in Dijon, she obtained a three-year license in psychology, the study of the problems of anorexia, autism, Alzheimer’s disease… And despite having had a rich career helping these people, she also took the opportunity to take another step forward: working with children. This is what made him successful in getting his defense.

Currently, she works as a music therapist in various structures such as nursing homes, therapeutic, educational, and pedagogical institutions. And the session is never finished without music!

Atypical instruments are used

The percussionist uses the rav ast, a cylindrical, curved steel instrument on which it is enough to tap at different angles to produce notes.

In addition, the advantage of this instrument is “no need to know how to play an instrument or master music theory to make music”. Same use as hand pan and cajon, similar instruments.

Besides the people they’re with, listening to music and practicing will help them relax and express themselves. “My goal is to reconnect them with their life stories, to give them a taste for talking. It allows you to shed all the kilos that you carry in life. »

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